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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Publishing Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
South Padre Island, Texas
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/7/1943
Birth Location:
Dallas, Texas

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Publishing Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
South Padre Island, Texas
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/7/1943
Birth Location:
Dallas
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Biography

Newspaper CEO and publisher Mollie Finch-Belt was born on August 7, 1943 in Dallas, Texas. Finch-Belt’s mother, Mildred, was a mathematics instructor; her father, Fred J. Finch, Jr., founded the Dallas Examiner in 1986. But after publishing only one issue, Belt’s mother and father were murdered in their home. In 1961, Finch-Belt graduated from Lincoln High School in Dallas, Texas. After briefly attending Spelman College, she enrolled at the University of Denver where she graduated with her B.A. degree in sociology and psychology in 1965.

Upon graduation, Finch-Belt began working as an employment counselor for the Texas Employment Commission. She then held positions in the Harris County Manpower Program and for City of Dallas where she administered the Title IV program. Between 1977 and 1997, Finch-Belt was a branch chief in the Civil Rights Compliance Department for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In 1997, Finch-Belt and her husband, attorney James C. Belt, Jr., invested their personal resources to revitalize the Dallas Examiner. In 1998, with a grant from AT&T, she started Future Speak, a publication aimed at developing young minority journalists. Finch-Belt has also used the Dallas Examiner to increase HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention by publishing numerous articles and supplements, including “PROBE,”  “Battling AIDS in Our Communi ty” (2003) and “Innocence Lost” (2004). Finch-Belt also hosted public programs such as an HIV/AIDS town hall meeting at the Inspiring Body of Christ Church in Dallas, Texas. She also co-hosted the Youth Angle luncheon on World AIDS Day with Paul Quinn College. Since assuming editorial responsibilities of the Dallas Examiner, Finch-Belt has continued her father’s dream of providing the Dallas African American community with its own news service.

Finch-Belt is a member of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She has led the the Dallas Examiner to win numerous national, state and local awards, including the prestigious Katie Awards. The Dallas Examiner was named “Best Weekly Newspaper” in 2002 by the Texas Publisher’s Association awarded; and, in 2004, it received twelve awards from the regional chapter of National Association of Black Journalists, including “Best Newspaper” and “Best Practices.”

Finch-Belt lives in Dallas with her husband, attorney James C. Belt, Jr. They have two children, James C. Belt, III, advertising manager at the Dallas Examiner, and Melanie Belt, M.D.

Mollie Finch-Belt was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 29, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Mollie Belt's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Mollie Belt lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Mollie Belt describes her mother's family background, pt.1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Mollie Belt describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Mollie Belt talks about her mother's experiences growing up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Mollie Belt describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Mollie Belt describes her father's work for the Department of Defense and his joining the Air Force
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Mollie Belt describes her childhood experiences in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Mollie Belt describes her experience in Cambridge, Massachusetts while her father attended Harvard Law School
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Mollie Belt describes her similarities to her parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Mollie Belt describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood, pt.1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Mollie Belt describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood, pt.2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Mollie Belt talks about attending school in Tuskegee, Cambridge, Massachusetts and Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Mollie Belt describes going to the library with her mother and meeting Eleanor Roosevelt in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Mollie Belt describes her mother's teaching school and her attending schools in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Mollie Belt talks about the integration of schools in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Mollie Belt talks about her experience at Lincoln High School in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Mollie Belt describes her reasons for attending Spelman College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Mollie Belt describes her reasons for not wanting to return to Spelman College after her freshman year
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Mollie Belt describes the atmosphere at Spelman College in the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Mollie Belt describes her experience at the University of Denver
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Mollie Belt describes her post graduation search for employment in the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Mollie Belt describes her experience in Harlingen, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Mollie Belt describes her experience living and working in Houston for the Manpower Program and her move to Dallas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Mollie Belt describes the changes in Dallas from the 1960s to the 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Mollie Belt describes working in Dallas for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Mollie Belt describes how her father started The Dallas Examiner
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Mollie Belt talks about her father's role in starting The Dallas Examiner
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Mollie Belt talks about the murder of her parents during a home burglary
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Mollie Belt describes taking over ownership of The Dallas Examiner after her parents' death, pt.1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Mollie Belt describes taking over ownership of The Dallas Examiner after her parents' death, pt.2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Mollie Belt describes the demographics of Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Mollie Belt describes the changes she made to The Dallas Examiner after her father died
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Mollie Belt talks about Future Speak program for area youth, pt.1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Mollie Belt talks about Future Speak, pt.2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Mollie Belt describes the key issues covered by The Dallas Examiner Newspaper
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Mollie Belt talks about The Dallas Examiner's coverage of HIV/AIDS, pt.1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Mollie Belt talks about The Dallas Examiner's coverage of HIV/AIDS, pt.2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Mollie Belt describes The Dallas Examiner's coverage of the arts, and its editorial section
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Mollie Belt reflects upon her legacy and the legacy of The Dallas Examiner
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Mollie Belt talks about what she might have done differently
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Mollie Belt describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Mollie Belt talks about the future of The Dallas Examiner
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Mollie Belt talks about the relevance of print media
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Mollie Belt talks about her children
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Mollie Belt describes the state of Texas politics, pt.1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Mollie Belt describes the state of Texas politics, pt.2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Mollie Belt talks about The Dallas Examiner's freelance employees
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Mollie Belt talks about how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Mollie Belt describes her photographs